Bob’s Weekend Paper Wrap
By Bob Mabena
Half the time as media practitioners, we tend to pick a lot of negative stories about our very government. Some of them true and some; well, peppered with some personal spice that detracts from content and leans more on personal attacks to the president of the republic. I didn’t search very hard to find this story and I must say that I felt positive about our country. There is a Presidential initiative called Operation Phakisa. It is an innovative approach that is mooted to enable government and key stakeholders to transform high level plans into detailed implementation programmes to fast-track delivery of results. It has often been said that our government always has great plans and legislation but flounders on delivery and this Operation, for me is the litmus test. The programme is an adaptation of the Big Fast Results methodology that was first applied by the Malaysian Government in the delivery of its Economic Transformation Programme. President Zuma visited Malaysia, and observed what was achieved within a very short space of time and expressed an interest in the use of this approach. its critical role is in assisting with the fast-tracking delivery on some of the priorities encompassed in the National Development Plan 2030. The first implementation of Operation Phakisa focused on Unlocking the Economic Potential of South Africa’s Oceans, to enhance their contribution to our GDP. And I must admit that I missed that one. The uniqueness of Operation Phakisa is the fact that government, labour, business, academia and other sectors plan together. Operation Phakisa is currently being implemented in the Oceans and Health sectors while new segments are being planned for education and mining. I can’t wait to see the results of this operation.
About Marikana and our troubled National Commissioner – the Portfolio Committee on police will meet a few personalities in law enforcement for various reasons. The KZN Provincial Commissioner, because she sent through a junior last week, Brigadier Malahlela to answer on discrepancies on Minutes taken during a Board of Provincial Commissioners last month and so forth. All of this started to unravel when there was a press release titled “Hands off General Riah Phiyega”. Most of these officials have apologized for that stance but some are not going to make this meeting because of stress related matters and just truancy. A showdown looms and I can’t quite figure out if Riah Phiyega wants a payout before she leaves or perhaps she is fighting back on a matter of principle.
This week, I see Marikana, Reeva and Oscar Pistorius, Riah Phiyega, Housing, celebs and eTolls, housing will make the headlines this week – oh and let’s not forget the Mashonisa of the week – Lewis Stores.